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Holy Land Pilgrimage 2019 with Bishop Karen Oliveto and the Mountain Sky Area

10 days
The Holy Land
Starting from $3248* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join Bishop Karen Oliveto and the Mountain Sky Area on this Holy Land Pilgrimage starting on January 28, 2019.

Prices starts at $3,248* from Denver, $3,398* from Colorado Springs or Salt Lake City, $3,498* for Billings/Bozeman or Great Falls, and $3,548* from Cheyenne or Jackson Hole.

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Domestic Airfare
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Live Audio Headsets
  • Overseas Airport Transfers
  • Study Guide
  • Visas (U.S. Citizens)
  • International Airfare

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

† If air purchased through EO.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight.

Day 2 Arrive in the Holy Land

You will be welcomed at the Tel Aviv airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel to enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.

Day 3 The Galilee

Worship as you sail across the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, and visit the synagogue built on the site where Jesus taught (Matt.4:13, 23). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matt. 5-7). Explore the Church of the Fish and the Loaves at Tabgha, traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10). See the Chapel of the Primacy, where Peter professed his devotion three times to the risen Christ (John 21). In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently discovered first?century synagogue. Recall Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist at the Jordan River.

Day 4 Cana, Nazareth, Megiddo & Caesarea

Visit the Franciscan Wedding Chapel in Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle, before continuing on to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23). Look out over Tel Megiddo (Armageddon) to view one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel. Today’s last stop is Caesarea, a center of the early Christians where an angel visited Cornelius, the first Gentile believer (Acts 10), and where Paul was imprisoned for two years before appealing to Caesar.

Day 5 Jericho, & Mount of Olives

As you stop in Jericho to view the ruins of the city conquered by Joshua (Josh. 6: 1, 2, 20), in the distance you can also see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matt. 4:1-11). Visit the Mount of Olives, where Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1: 9-12). Walk the Palm Sunday road and pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and envision the scenes of the night before Jesus’ crucifixion (Matt. 26: 36-44).

Day 6 Jerusalem & Bethlehem

In Bethlehem, visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace and see the Church of the Nativity constructed over the site (Matt. 1: 18?25). This afternoon visit various United Methodist sponsored mission sites, before returning to Jerusalem.

Day 7 Jerusalem & the Old City

Walk the Cardo, the ancient main street of the Old City. Explore ancient Jerusalem at the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. View the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle (John 5: 1-31). Sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne and experience its rich acoustics. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress, where Jesus appeared before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1), and follow in Christ’s steps on the Via Dolorosa (“the Way of the Cross”). At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, take time to reflect on His sacrificial love.

Day 8 Masada and the Dead Sea

Today visit Masada and the Dead Sea. Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod’s legendary mountaintop fortress which became the last desperate stronghold of the Jewish Zealots against the Romans. You can still look down on the remains of the Roman camps and the siege ramp below. Continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. End your day with a dip in the salt and mineral laden waters of the Dead Sea.

Day 9 Jerusalem

This morning, explore the poignant exhibits of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial. Drive to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was questioned the night of His betrayal (Matt. 26:57). Meditate on the events of the Last Supper as you visit the traditional location of the Upper Room (Mark 14:12). Visit the Garden Tomb for a time of reflection and communion.

Day 10 Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension.

Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension.

Enhance Your Journey

Wonders of Petra & Dead Sea $998

Cross the Allenby Bridge into Jordan. Visit Jerash. Overnight in Amman.

Visit Mt. Nebo & Madaba. Overnight in Petra or at the Dead Sea.

Explore Petra. Travel to the Dead Sea area for a late dinner and overnight.

Free Morning at the Dead Sea. Cross border back into Israel. Dinner in Jerusalem.

Return to USA.

Departure Dates

  1. January 28, 2019
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount